Bengals sign fourth-round pick Bodine

CINCINNATI -- Another Cincinnati Bengals rookie was officially added to the fold Friday when center Russell Bodine signed his contract.

The former North Carolina standout became the fifth 2014 draft pick to sign with the Bengals this week. Four others inked contracts Wednesday and Thursday. Now just three players remain unsigned.

Bodine was the Bengals' fourth-round pick who they got after trading up with the Seattle Seahawks. They lost a second sixth-round pick in order to complete the trade up, and team officials feel it was worth it to do so. In Bodine the Bengals are getting a strong and physical offensive lineman who helped block for a Tar Heels offense that ranked 14th in the country in 2012. That same season, North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard rushed for 1,228 yards and had 490 yards receiving ahead of his second-round draft selection the following April.

Bernard was drafted by the Bengals, and is expected to become Cincinnati's premier back this fall after a strong rookie campaign last year.

Based on the league's rookie wage scale that was part of the latest collective bargaining agreement, Bodine likely will be seeing a base salary just under $550,000 this year.

Along with Bodine, the Bengals already have signed fifth-round quarterback AJ McCarron, sixth-round linebacker Marquis Flowers and seventh-round picks James Wright and Lavelle Westbrooks. First-round pick and cornerback Darqueze Dennard still is unsigned, as is second-round running back Jeremy Hill and third-round defensive end Will Clark.